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HB 634 update: Manila solon blocks 2nd reading of Anti-Discrimination bill November 27, 2006

Posted by s511 in gays and lesbians, Human Rights, Legislation.
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We are making available to the public a verbatim copy of Manila Rep. Bienvenido Abante’s speech last Nov. 20 seeking to block the proposed Anti-Discrimination Law or House Bill 634 and House Bill 3773 or the proposed Reproductive Rights Health Law.

By blocking this measure, Rep. Abante warns against “invoking the wrath of God” if such measures were approved. He also said, among others, that “to penalize acts which they (LGBTs) claim to be discriminatory to them, they are, in truth and in fact, creatig another facet of discrimination, and this time, a discrimination (sic) is directed against the straight-laced men and women in our society who have equally valuable rights as the LGBTI (sic).”

HB 634 and HB 3773 were scheduled for 2nd reading two weeks ago but Abante stood up and questioned the quorum. Twice. Democracy at work or bigotry using the same old tricks in the book? You judge.

Download Abante’s backward speech here .

For more information regarding the campaign to enact HB 634, visit LAGABLAB’s website .


Akbayan rep decries harassment of cross-dresser at Metrowalk resto July 11, 2006

Posted by s511 in gays and lesbians, Human Rights, Legislation, Press Releases.
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AKBAYAN Rep. Etta Rosales today called for an investigation into discriminatory practices against gays and lesbians in establishments after a bar in Metrowalk allegedly discriminated against a gay impersonator last week.